Wolves are on the rise in the EU

Wolves are an important part of the ecostructure of the European region, but the appearance of this predator often entails problems: they attack domestic animals, in particular sheep. Due to increased reports of wolves in some regions, the European Commission is calling on local authorities to make full use of existing measures.

Wolf, picture, Europe

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said that the number of wolf packs in some European regions has become a real danger to livestock and, in the long term, to people.

I urge local and national authorities to take action where necessary. Indeed, current EU legislation already enables them to do so.

Ursula von der Leyen

The Commission invites local communities, scientists, and anyone else interested to submit the latest information on wolf numbers and behavior by September 22, 2023, via email. The Commission will review this information to determine whether the conservation status of wolves in the EU should be changed and update the legal framework accordingly. This will help local authorities to take emergency measures.

Most wolves in Europe are protected under the Habitats Directive, with some exceptions. This aligns with the regulations outlined in the International Bern Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats.

Wild predators have been seen in Luxembourg recently. In August alone, two reports of wolves were made in the eastern region of the country, marking the fourth sighting this year. When hiking in the forest, caution should be exercised, although the chance of encountering a wolf is unlikely.